Michigan expects to save $19 million dollars or more next year when it enrolls inmates and parolees in the state's expanded Medicaid program. That will send inmates to community hospitals for in-patient stays, which will be covered by the federal government. They are currently cared for inside state prisons, which Medicaid doesn't cover. The change will also cover mental illness treatment, substance abuse, and chronic health problems, in hopes of keeping people from returning to prison.
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